It was a gruelling race with a water temperature of 11 degrees celsius for the swim leg, a 40 knot headwind for the bike ride and just to top it all nicely, a temperature of 36 degrees celsius for the run leg!
We took ten friends with us to Julia Creek and for four of them it was their second Dirt n Dust. It really is a great weekend but it is a long way to travel so I thank those that made the effort. You know who you are!
We arrived into Julia Creek the day before the triathlon after spending the previous week at Innot Hot Springs, Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge and Karumba. (I will post about these places over the coming days). We checked into the Julia Creek Caravan Park at site 6 - our site for the past three years and it wasn't long before our friends arrived. Friday night is usually a quiet one for us as Philip mentally prepares for the triathlon the next day. We had a few drinks and cooked up lamb chops and pasta and were tucked up into bed by 9am.
The next day Philip was up at 5.00am because he had decided to ride his bike out to the waterhole for the start of the race - a 25km ride that is a stroll in the park when the wind is at your back! At 8.30am the the rest of us drove out to watch the beginning of the race that almost 400 triathletes where competing in.
|Triathletes lining up to retrieve their bikes from the cattle truck that transports them to to the waterhole. A unique form of transport!|
|Philip heading into the water for a warmup swim.|
|Eastern Creek waterhole where the 800m swim is completed|
The winner - Matt Hutchinson - finished with a time of 1:12:42.
|A comfortable spot to sit and watch the triathlon|
|Philip on the bike leg and looking comfortable|
|Competitor 208 has competed in every triathlon since its inception in 1994. He is now well into his 80's!|
|Philip giving cheek to our friends or is it just the victory sign round the wrong way....|
|Philip crossing the finish line|
After the triathlon we made our way back to our camp to quickly dress for the Julia Creek Races that were due to start at 1.00pm. We had pre-booked a table for the Country Tastes Luncheon that is always worthwhile. Not only do you get a comfortable place to sit and watch the races but you get to enjoy delicious food and bubbles!
|Ladies looking lovely at the Country Tastes Luncheon|
|A fantastic feast|
|The PBR Bull Ride|
Lucky for us though we were close enough to DirtnDust Central to be able to lay in bed and listen to his voice as we drifted off to sleep. It was a lovely way to end the DirtnDust Festival 2017.